Stealthy sur­veil­lance

D-Link Omna (DSH-C310)

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Peter Chu

The thing about most home se­cu­rity cam­eras is that they can be eas­ily spot­ted from a mile away, sim­ply be­cause they’re al­ways pre­dictably mounted on the ceil­ing in the far corner of a room.

In­stead of stick­ing out like a sore thumb, the Omna is able to blend in per­fectly with the dé­cor of your home, cour­tesy of its sleek alu­minum hous­ing and in­con­spic­u­ous de­sign.

But con­trary to what its modern, so­phis­ti­cated de­sign might sug­gest, we man­aged to get the Omna up and run­ning in a mat­ter of min­utes. All we lit­er­ally had to do, was to hook it up to its power adapter, wait for the LED in­di­ca­tor on its front to blink orange, down­load the


Omna com­pan­ion app onto our iPhone, and pair it up with the cam­era us­ing the 8-digit code lo­cated in the quick-start guide. While we hate to be the bearer of bad news, we should prob­a­bly men­tion that the Omna is only com­pat­i­ble with Ap­ple de­vices run­ning on iOS 10.1 and above, as one of its head­lin­ing fea­tures is its abil­ity to in­te­grate with Ap­ple's smart home plat­form, HomeKit.

The video qual­ity of the

You can’t fault the stel­lar video qual­ity and modern aes­thet­ics of the Omna.

Omna is pretty im­pres­sive for a home se­cu­rity cam­era. For­get all the frus­trat­ingly grainy, fuzzy, and monochro­matic se­cu­rity cam­era videos that you might’ve grown ac­cus­tomed to – the Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) video stream of the Omna is re­mark­ably crisp, sharp, and vi­brant, even dur­ing low­light con­di­tions.

De­spite hav­ing an ex­ten­sive 180-de­gree view­ing an­gle, you would be pleas­antly sur­prised that bar­rel dis­tor­tion – a com­mon and of­ten times dis­tract­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of wide-an­gle lenses – isn’t an is­sue on the Omna. Only to­wards the edges of the frame will you no­tice a slight cur­va­ture in straight lines, but it’s noth­ing too dras­tic.

In­trud­ers sneak­ing around your home un­der the cover of dark­ness are bound to have a rude awak­en­ing, as the Omna is read­ily equipped with in­frared LEDs that will al­low you to see in com­plete dark­ness for dis­tances of up to 16 feet. What’s more, you can even tell them that Big Brother is watch­ing their ev­ery move, as the Omna has an in­te­grated mi­cro­phone and speaker for two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The user in­ter­face of the Omna app is in­cred­i­bly easy to com­pre­hend.

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